I've had the chance over the past few weeks to put the entire range of headphones made by Hakii, a company that, to be honest, I had never heard of before and that I thought was one of the many producers of headphones out there, with nothing original and concrete.
I had to change my mind after wearing one by one the headphones I received for testing, the three flagship models of the company: Hakii Ice, Hakii Time and Hakii Time Pro, each of which is aimed at targets with slightly different needs. Now I will try to tell you about them in the best possible way to help you in your choice, if you are considering the purchase of a pair.
Hakii headphones review: choose the model that's right for you!
I want to start from the model that convinced me least of all, but certainly not for yours design. As the name suggests, Ice stands for "ice”And the manufacturer, in fact, has created a rather particular case with attention to detail, with a double finish to try to resemble as much as possible a small block of ice.
It is made of plastic, and has a color that tends slightly from white to blue with a very elegant texture underneath the transparent part; the certain thing, however, is that the dimensions are not so small since they are equal to 60 x 50 x 29mm and weighs approximately 72 grams. In the front company logo there is the canonical three-color status LED useful for identifying the headphones and understanding their operation, while the classic button for resetting / pairing the earphones with the smartphone is absent; there is, however, the USB-C connector for recharging, which takes place only via cable.
A characteristic What did not convince me particularly, however, is the hinge: if on the one hand it appears reliable enough to guarantee an excellent closure to the case of the headphones, on the other I have noticed a bit of creaking that I would not expect to see from a pair of headphones from poco less than 100 euros. In any case it is a rather robust system and even with some "forced" stress it did not seem to me to be in difficulty.
But let's come, instead, to the design of the headphones: if the case is practically a novelty with no resemblance to other products on the market, the real headphones resemble those of other players, but on the other hand innovating in a sector like this is a which is up to very few. However, these are two headphones with a very minimal design that vaguely recalls the lines seen in Huawei's Freebuds 4; their weight is very low, about 4 grams, they have the IPX4 certification and are equipped with the usual touch controls near the top of the headset.
It is, however, about in-ear headphones without ear tips, with all the pros and cons that derive from it: personally I do not love this type of earphones due to the poor insulation from the outside and the stability in the ear which, inevitably, is certainly more precarious than earphones with the rubber tip , but these are absolutely personal observations.
As for the slightly more technical characteristics, these Hakii Ice have a 13mm dynamic driver, support the Bluetooth 5.2 and the AAC and SBC codecs; they are also equipped with four microphones that are useful for reducing ambient noise during calls, with average results, but without shouting for a miracle.
As for the audio quality, these Hakii Ice offer a pleasant and natural sound, without enhancing any particular frequency; so to speak, they reminded me of the first model of Apple Airpods, both in terms of fit to the ear and in terms of audio quality. The sound coming from these earphones offers a rather flat equalization, with warm and not excessive bass while the voice is definitely highlighted, offering good feedback during listening tests. A little less convincing are the highs, although perhaps I recognize that I am a bit too demanding on these frequencies which, personally speaking, must always be predominant.
To close the circle, I would also add that these Hakii Ice offer a game mode that reduces response times by improving the latency of the audio transmission and, to my great surprise, I noticed that this is a really useful and well-functioning feature. practical act.
autonomy field practice of these earphones is about 7 actual hours while the case can ensure about 3 complete recharges to the headphones before it too needs a power outlet: the charging times are approximately 1 and a half hours for the headphones and about 2 hours for the case.
Let's change genre, however, with the Hakii Time, a pair of TWS earphones that definitely fall into another market segment: they cost about 70 euros and have a different design, dedicated to another range of customers.
I start, first of all, always from the case which is opaque white in the shape of an egg, very compact to hold in your hand and pocket, and very practical to keep on the desk, considering the presence of a flattened bottom that makes everything more comfortable; the dimensions are approximately 66 x 43 x 35 and the weight reaches scarce 60 grams.
Also on this model there is a USB-C connector for charging, while the wireless one seems not to be supported; from the front, on the other hand, the status LEDs become four which, as easily understood, also suggest the state of charge of the battery (each dot represents about 25% of the battery). Let's say that the finishes of this model are a little more firing, and I refer for example to the small internal magnet to close the case, but overall we say that the user experience is good, especially because the manufacturer compensates with a super audio quality.
The earphones, this time, are in-ear and equipped with rubber pads, which also suggests the presence of active noise cancellation; just to give you two technical data on the earphones, they weigh about 4.2 grams each, are IPX4 certified for sweat and have gods 10mm driver.
Pairing is very easy and fast; this model, unlike the previous one, has the physical key to perform the coupling and this allows to be relatively fast in the connection phase. These Hakioi Time also have touch controls in the upper part of the stem but they seemed to me a little more limited since you can only decide to activate / deactivate the ANC, call up the voice assistant of the smartphone to which I am. connect, or pause the song being played: no skip to the next song and no volume control.
Ok, but how do they feel in practice? Well, user experience certainly promoted. I told you before to be a lover of earphones equipped with rubber tips because they guarantee better isolation and, in my opinion, a different (but not necessarily superior) sound quality.
These Hakii Times have good audio quality, the sound is clear, crystal clear and with good details: it must be said that the bass on this model are predominant, so watch out for the songs you choose to listen to; the medium-high frequencies, consequently, are a bit more subdued than the others, but I must say that overall the sound experience is decidedly balanced, I definitely liked it and, in some ways, I preferred it over mine AirPods Pro that I use daily (which, however, certainly have other advantages).
As regards, instead, the active noise cancellation, these Hakii Time have a triple level of settings (ANC, Ambient and wind reduction), between which you can orient yourself with a pressure of about 3 seconds along the stem and can understand in what mode you are through the spoken instructions spoken, however, only in English.
If I have to say that I was surprised, it would probably be a lie: the noise cancellation did not fully convince me, and probably if you have tried even for a few hours different earphones with this function, you will realize that here it is better to leave everything. disabled. This is not bad eh, don't get me wrong: with the ear tips you still get a good level of isolation from the outside, but know that you cannot rely 100% on a true reduction of ambient noise.
Hakii Time Pro
I have left the most attractive and interesting model for the finale: these are the Hakii Time Pro, they are always TWS in-ear and these also have two bulbs equipped with ear tips, as I like them. Leaving aside, however, personal preferences I speak first of all about the case: this is also rather compact, 60 x 52 x 27 and with a really low weight of only 47 grams, while the headphones weigh about 5 grams each.
The case has excellent build quality and good materials; the finishes are opaque, but you can see that it is the result of a rather careful processing, and you can feel it by actually touching the product with your hand. On the front there is the chrome company logo e poco above the canonical status led; on the back, however, there is space for the pairing button and for the hinge, this time free from any kind of creaking.
These are also equipped with a USB-C port for charging, but they are the only model in the range to also support wireless charging with any charger in your possession; since we are talking about battery, I can tell you that the estimated autonomy of the Hakii Time Pro is about 7 hours of playback per single charge of the earphones which can go down to poco more than five and a half hours if we use them with active ANC. The CASE, moreover, it is capable of ensure From 2 to 3 full refills to the two earphones.
The design and style of the earphones resembles, in broad terms, the Time model I told you about a few moments ago; technically speaking, however, there are some differences in terms of construction and materials used which, on this model, are decidedly more premium even in the finishes. This model is also IPX5 certified against water and sweat, and I personally tested it during a running session at about 38 degrees, with my sweating certainly not contained. Mostly promoted and survived.
At the level of technical specifications, the Hakii Time Pro have AAC and SBC codecs, have two 10mm dynamic drivers and have a response in ffrequency from 20Hz to about 20Khz, on a par with slightly more expensive models; having said that, the strength, at least on paper, of this model lies in the noise cancellation that reaches -42dB (a good 7dB difference compared to Airpods Pro, currently among the best on the market).
On a practical level, in the field, they are decidedly fun headphones for the price range: there are no particular songs that put them under stress, they manage to wriggle in many contexts without being disfigured. The bass is deep, but never too intrusive and the mid-high frequencies are decidedly clear and limpid. Personally, I always prefer the listening experience with the ANC off, but in case you need to use it, well these headphones don't vary much in their actual performance.
Le Hakii Time Pro, thanks to a three-core chip and six microphones, they are able to guarantee an almost total reduction of environmental noise reaching a maximum depth, as anticipated, down to -42dB; in addition, thanks to a proprietary algorithm they are able to cancel "less" the noises of means of transport (for a matter of safety, of course!) and more environmental noises such as voices, people, cell phone rings and much more.
Logically you can also move on this model between different levels of noise cancellation, the usual environmental, total cancellation or disabled depending on the scenarios in which you are.
Which model to choose?
Ok, we are at the end facing the usual crossroads (or a "crossroads" this time, but does this word exist?) In order to get to the point and choose the most suitable model. We start from a simple analysis of the sales prices and then we analyze which model to choose and why, always according to your needs.
- Hakii ICE: sale price $ 98,99 which at the current exchange rate corresponds to about € 92
- Hakii Time : sale price $ 76,99 which at the current exchange rate corresponds to about € 72
- Hakii Time PRO: sale price $ 98,99 which at the current exchange rate corresponds to about € 92
After analyzing the prices, we come to the practical needs to understand which can be the best choice in your case; if you need noise cancellation, obviously, the ICE model should be excluded a priori, which remains suitable for those looking for a pair of headphones with an original and refined design and who prefer the convenience of a pair of in-ear headphones without rubber tips.
If, on the other hand, noise cancellation is also one of your priorities, the most suitable model are the Hakii Time PRO, due to the quality of the ANC, the assembly and the materials used. Finally, if you are looking for a pair of headphones for sports activities, with good audio quality, excellent volume and you do not have a particular need for ANC, the Time model is undoubtedly the best choice, which will allow you also to save a few euros more.